Sustainability at UWF

Utilities, Energy & Sustainability manages the sustainability program goals to assure program alignment with the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.


USGBC LEED Logo
US Green Building Council

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.  The US Green Building Council (USGBC) maintains an online directory of U.S. LEED-certified projects and can provide further detail in LEED construction requirments.

Sustainability Projects at UWF

Completed Projects

  • Building 40 utility plant chilled water system upgrade providing an annual energy cost savings of $60,900
  • Building 72 gym and fitness areas LED lighting retrofit providing an annual energy cost savings of $15,590

Proposed Projects

  • Buildings 22 and 58 multi-zone air handling unit (AHU) variable frequency drive (VFD) installation providing an annual energy cost savings of $38,253
  • Building 54 main gym LED lighting retrofit providing an annual energy cost savings of $16,290 
Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges - 2013
Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges - 2013

UWF Earns "Green College" Recognition by Princeton Review

In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, The Princeton Review produced "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition" and recognized The University of West Florida as "one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the USA and Canada." On April 20, 2013, this guidebook profiled 322 higher education institutions in the U.S. and  Canada. This was UWF's third time being recognized.

In order to receive "Green College" Recognition, institutions must receive a Green Rating of 80 or higher on a scale from 60-99. The criteria that the Princeton Review considers is as follows:
  • The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food
  • Whether the school offers programs including free bus passes, universal access transit passes, bike/sharing/renting, car sharing, carpool parking, vanpooling or guaranteed rides home to encourage alternatives to single passenger automobile use for students.
  • Whether the school has a formal committee with participating from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus
  • Whether new buildings are required to be certified LEED Silver
  • The school's overall waste diversion rate
  • Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration
  • Whether the school has an "environmental literacy" requirement
  • Whether the school has produced a publicly available greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopted a climate action plan consistent with 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 targets.
  • What percentage of the school's energy consumption, including heating/cooling and electrical, is derived from renewable sources (this definition included "green tags" but not nuclear or large scale hydropower).
  • Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time (or full-time equivalent) sustainability officer
In order to receive "Green College" Recognition, institutions must receive a Green Rating of 80 or higher on a scale from 60-99. The criteria that the Princeton Review considers is as follows:
  1. The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food
  2. Whether the school offers programs including free bus passes, universal access transit passes, bike/sharing/renting, car sharing, carpool parking, vanpooling or guaranteed rides home to encourage alternatives to single passenger automobile use for students.
  3. Whether the school has a formal committee with participating from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus
  4. Whether new buildings are required to be certified LEED Silver
  5. The school's overall waste diversion rate
  6. Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration
  7. Whether the school has an "environmental literacy" requirement
  8. Whether the school has produced a publicly available greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopted a climate action plan consistent with 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 targets.
  9. What percentage of the school's energy consumption, including heating/cooling and electrical, is derived from renewable sources (this definition included "green tags" but not nuclear or large scale hydropower).
  10. Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time (or full-time equivalent) sustainability officer
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